Requirement for PCR testing for all travellers to Canada
The Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, is requiring that effective January 7, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EST, all air passengers five years of age or older will be required to test negative for COVID-19 before travelling from another country to Canada. Documentation of a negative laboratory test result must be presented to the airline prior to boarding a flight to Canada. The test must be performed using a COVID-19 molecular polymerase chain reaction (or PCR) test and must be taken within 72 hours prior to the traveller’s scheduled departure to Canada.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the situation, TPI or your individual Travel Advisor, cannot guarantee the availability of appointments at each clinic, or the timing of PCR test result delivery. Please remember that it is you sole responsibility to ensure that you (and any child travelling with you over the age of 5) – have all the valid travel documents required for re-entry into Canada, including proof of their negative PCR test results, taken within 72 hours of their departure. Please visit the Government of Canada website above for more details which can be found here
Please note that the test MUST be a PCR test and the result certificate must indicate the following for EACH traveller (5yrs+)
o Name of traveller (which must match the traveller’s identification)
o Test is dated within 72 hours of the scheduled departure of the flight to Canada
o PCR test result is negative (a result stating the test is “inconclusive” is not acceptable)
Some hotel or destination partners may offer to test clients, however, it is imperative that confirm that the test is a PCR (polymerise chain reaction) test. No other test results will be accepted.
Terms and Conditions
The Passenger has been informed of the risks of travelling by your TPI Travel Advisor (hereinafter “The Travel Agency”) and has released The Travel Agency and all of its partners, suppliers and subsidiaries, from all responsibilities and liabilities. This includes but not limited to;
1. The Passenger (s) has read and understands the travel restrictions and warnings advised by the government of Canada at https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/covid-19-security
- The Passenger (s) has read and understands the travel advice and advisories for the destination they are travelling
- It is the Passenger’s responsibility to:
- Understand and agree to the terms and conditions of chosen suppliers before asking the advisor/agent to complete the booking
2. Read and understand mandatory information, such as but not limited to, documentation requirements, airport arrival deadlines for flights, and vaccination requirements.
3. Understand and agree to the terms and conditions of the chosen suppliers before asking the advisor/agent to book your trip on your behalf.
4. Ensure you take the time to read the information provided to you. Some of this information may be mandatory; such as but not limited to, documentation requirements, airport arrival deadlines for flights, and vaccination information.
5. To provide the Travel Advisor with the correct information for your trip. This includes but not limited to; Legal Names as per your travel documentation, Gender, Date of Birth. Suppliers can deny boarding if the information is not correct, and incorrect information may not be able to be changed once the trip is booked. It could result in forfeit of funds, and full rebook at current rates.
6. Be sure you take the time to read and understand your supplier travel documentation at least one week before travel.
7. Complete all supplier(s) online check-in during the time given.
8. For Flights, reconfirm all flight times before departure and keep a close eye on gate numbers as they may change.
- The Passenger understands that commercial airspace closures and movement restrictions can occur without warning and could prevent your return to Canada.
- The Passenger has read, understands and agrees to the booking terms and conditions of the travel supplier as per their website, including the change and cancellation policy and fees.
- The Passenger acts on behalf of and represents every person(s) as listed on their invoice and who had booked in this travel reservation. The parties’ consent to the electronic signature as an acceptable means to constitute a written acceptance of this Agreement, in which case, the signatures of the parties shall be deemed to be original.
- The Passenger understands that they may have difficulty obtaining essential products or services, face strict movement restrictions and quarantines while in or travelling to or from the destination, and that consular services may be limited.
COVID 19 Terms and Conditions
COVID 19 is active, worldwide, with associated health risks and restrictions that could, without warning, affect and cause significant disruptions, cancellations and changes to any and all travel arrangements, by way of COVID 19 outbreaks, sudden border closures, quarantine and lockdown orders, airport closures, government travel advisories, return-home directives, hospitalization for treatment and other similar consequences; and consequences not reasonably foreseeable at this time (collectively referred to as the “COVID 19 Risks”);
1. The Passenger understands that they may be subjected to health screening, health questionnaires, COVID-19 testing, or even quarantining during their travels. If Passenger is required to quarantine in destination, it could be at a government-approved facility. The expense would be the Passenger’s, and no refunds would be issued for the cost of your trip.
- The Passenger and everyone who is a part of the booking has had professional advice as to personal health condition and medical needs and the passenger warrants that they and everyone who is a part of this booking is fit to travel.
- Any travel insurance policy obtained by the Passenger or anyone else who is a part of the booking, may not include insurance coverage for travel service cancellations, interruptions financial, medical or other COVID 19 Risks, and all types of coverage must be confirmed with the travel insurer.
- I/we voluntarily assume all the COVID 19 Risks and other risks involved with such travel, whether those risks are expected or unexpected.
2. In the event that some or all of the travel arrangements are cancelled, interrupted or otherwise affected by the COVID 19 Risks, my/our rights and remedies shall be as determined and limited by the cancellation, rebooking, refund and other policies and the terms and conditions of the supplier of the affected travel service, as set out in its brochures and websites, all of which have been referred to me by the Travel Agency.
3. In no circumstances will the Travel Agency, its employees, directors, contractors, and agents, be liable to me/us, or any other person, for any refund, loss, damage, delay or injury resulting from any cancellation, interruption, or other event or a failure of any supplier to provide any travel service to me/us, or for any other breach of contract or the intentional or careless act or omission of any supplier of any such travel service.
4. I/we hereby waive all and any rights or claims that I/we, our heirs, assigns or any other person may have against the Travel Agency arising directly or indirectly from the occurrence of any COVID 19 Risks, or the failure, whether negligent or otherwise, of the Travel Agency to inform of any COVID 19 Risks or precautions to take or required documents.
5. This waiver and release of liability are in addition to the terms and conditions of the Travel Agency and the terms and conditions of the suppliers providing the travel services that are part of the booking.
6. If any part of this waiver and release of liability is found to be unenforceable, that will not affect the enforceability of any other part, each of which is severable from any unenforceable part.
7. The Passenger agrees that they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to Canada as per the Quarantine Act. This includes going directly to a place of quarantine without stopping anywhere, being in a place where there will have no contact with vulnerable people such as over 65 years or older or people with underlying medical conditions, they cannot have visitors or leave the quarantine area and must keep a distance of at least 2 metres from others. It is always up to the Passenger to agree to follow recommendations placed on them on arrival into Canada by the Canadian Government. The travel agency nor travel supplier are NOT responsible for rules/recommendations placed on passenger(s) by the Canadian Government.
8. The Passenger agrees that if they develop COVID-19 symptoms within 14 days of their return, that they isolate from all others, immediately call a health care professional and extend the quarantine to 14 days following the appearance of symptoms.
9. The Passenger understands that if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they may not enter Canada by air, to protect the health of all travellers.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE ABOVE, the Passenger and everyone who is a part of the booking, have decided to proceed with the travel arrangements and are asking the Travel Agency to confirm the booking.
By signing the waiver, the primary passenger (as outlined an the Passenger 1 above) indicates that you have read and understand the terms and conditions of this waiver associated with their travel.